The boss of Heathrow’s biggest customer, British Airways, only discovered that building the airport’s planned third runway would require the demolition of his airline’s head office after looking at a map.
Willie Walsh, the chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, claimed that despite the group being responsible for about half of all flights at the London hub, he received no formal warning of the proposed demolition.
Always the last to know... Perhaps he should spend more time reading a.net?
“The first I saw of it was when the Airport Commission report came out and I saw a map and I thought, that looks very close to Waterside,” Walsh said. “Then I discovered it actually went right through Waterside.”
Walsh’s grievance over his doomed HQ has been compounded by the prospect of being effectively charged for the compensation bill.
Seems BA will be compensated for 125% of the fair market value of Waterworld, which cost £200m to build. However, BA will pay increased fees to pay for the 3rd runway, so WW says:
“We can’t have a situation where I end up paying for the destruction of my own head office.”
Yet tearing down Waterworld would be progress, and one must not stand in the way of progress, must one?
Since the fact that the 3rd runway goes through BA HQ is so obvious, he could not have been "shocked", IMHO. He's just posturing, and IMHO that's part of his job.